Morning Box Score: Bulls, Hawks, Illini, Huskies All Fall Down
By Chuck Sudo in News on Dec 4, 2010 3:00PM
Miami (OH) 26, NIU 21: Northern Illinois was poised to win the Mid-America Conference title game at Detroit's Ford Field until Austin Boucher and Armand Robinson connected for a 33-yard touchdown pass with 33 seconds remaining to give the Redhawks the title in a matchup of two evenly matched teams. Huskies QB Chandler Harnish passed for 281 yards and accounted for all three of NIU's touchdowns in the loss.
Fresno State 25, Illinois 23: The Illini offense was firing on all cylinders last night, racking up 318 yards of rushing. But Fresno State's QB Ryan Colburn picked apart the Illinois defense with 304 yards passing and three TD passes, forcing Nathan Scheelhaase, MIkel LeShoure and company to play from behind all game. And the Illini nearly forced overtime, but Scheelhaase's two-point conversion try was wide. The Illini finish the regular season at 6-6.
Celtics 104, Bulls 92: Can the Bulls put Carlos Boozer back on the disabled list? Because the Bulls have now lost two in a row since they reactivated him. This game wasn't even close, as the Celtics came out of the gates hot with a 31-19 first period. Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett both posted double doubles for the Celtics. Rondo had 19 assists; the Bulls as a team had 18. Derrick Rose led the Bulls with 20 points.
Canucks 3, Blackhawks 0: The Blackhawks couldn't solve Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo on home ice last night, while Marty Turco was solid in goal with 15 saves. But the two he let in (Canucks star Daniel Sedin had an empty net goal) were the difference as Vancouver gained a measure of revenge against the Blackhawks, who throttled them a couple weeks back. Turco's performance will only add fuel to a growing goaltender controversy. With backup Corey Crawford having won five in a row, fans are going to want coach Joel Quenneville to start the hot hand.